FOX announced late yesterday that its X-Men series The Gifted has been cancelled after two seasons. That comes as no surprise seeing as its viewership dropped off notably year-over-year and it is currently one of the network’s lowest rated shows. It did still see notable gains in delayed viewing, but not enough to offset the low same day numbers. Since this show is now a Disney property, FOX only makes money on advertising for the live broadcasts and the same day ratings heavily influence what the network can charge for those ads. So FOX chose not to bring this one back for a third season. Series creator Matt Nix already had doubts about the show’s future on the network and believed its best chance was to shift to one of the streaming services.
It seems possible that this one could move to one of the Disney platforms, perhaps Freeform or the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. But word is that the Mouse House wants to reset the X-Men characters as it brings them into the MCU. So there may not be much desire among the corporate execs to continue this series which is tied closely to the old franchise. But if fans were to stage a Call to Action on the social networks and make some noise in support of the show, perhaps Disney could be convinced to keep this one around a little bit longer.
The Gifted focuses on a family whose children discover they are mutants causing the whole family to go on the run. They join a rogue group of mutants fighting against a government that wants to destroy them. It stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White and is based on the Marvel comic of the same name.
We are in the final months of the regular season so expect more renewal and cancellation announcements to be rolling out. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.
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